Bills propose to start Indiana schools after Labor Day

It has been a long time since the school year in Indiana started after Labor Day. The last time that happened in the PHM schools was 1974.

Now it appears that those good old days may return all across Indiana, thanks to a couple of old school proposals pending in the state legislature.

Both bills assume Indiana's school year now starts too early, and both seek to push back that start. One would prevent the school bell from ringing before Labor Day.

“The tourism business is centered around hot summer time when there's the least amount of rain. And August is our least rain month and it’s our hottest month typically,” said Sen. Dennis Kruse, (R) Auburn.

“And then ISTEP test is no longer going to be in the fall; we're moving that to the spring, so that's another reason why I think it would be easier to move to Labor Day.”

Another bill would allow the school year in Indiana to start in August, so long as it did not start more than ten days before Labor Day.

Last year, a change in Michigan law mandated a post-labor day start to the school year.

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